I should start by saying that I am hugely behind on posting about our trip, so this post comes a few weeks late. But hey, better late than never! I'm still trying to get into a toddler/travel/blog/chill flow. I'll go ahead and admit now that this post is mostly picture-heavy, so good news for you skimmers out there. Our next stop out of New Mexico was a small town in Texas, called Marfa. Marfa was founded as a waterstop in the 1880s. In 1971, Donald Judd moved to Marfa and the place became a haven for artists looking to escape the city. Both No Country For Old Men and There Will Be Blood were filmed in Marfa. So some of the scenes in town may look strikingly familiar.
Marfa is chock full of art galleries. The most unfortunate part of spontaneity, though, is poor planning. Due to our poor planning, we found that a lot of the galleries and restaurants in Marfa were closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. We checked out a few local shops and walked around town, though, seeing some of Marfa's transformation into artist's oasis in the desert.
One of the most delicious meals we had in Marfa was at Marfa burrito, where our breakfast was wrapped in a homemade flour tortilla. Deliciousness that made us nostalgic for the burritos of San Francisco. Like any good hipster community, Marfa has a small but impressive food truck scene complete with irreverent a-holes pedaling BBQ tacos out of an Airstream. The Get Go was a great organic market where we snagged some groceries to cook up dinner back at the Tumble In.
From custom, handmade boots (with an 8 month waiting list!) at Cobra Rock to fresh, handmade soaps at Marfa Brand soap, Marfa is a small town with a budding artisan community. At the very least, it was cool to see how a small Texas town can evolve into something entirely different.
We spent most of the day wandering around town, checking out El Cosmico and a few shops and galleries after getting a very delicious cup of coffee at Do Your Thing.
Balmorhea Springs is about a 45-minute drive from Marfa, perfect on a sleepy Monday when many of the galleries are closed. It's a man-made spring, filled with fish and turtles, and the perfect way to cool off in the Texas heat. Due to an unexpected visit from Tropical Storm Bill, we hit the road ahead of schedule -- spontaneously adding Big Bend National Park to our itinerary. The drive alone was well worth it. More on that next time.